Wigan road trips are getting slower, data reveals

For every mile travelled on Wigan's main roads, a motorist is at a standstill for a minute.

Friday, 28th September 2018, 3:35 pm
Updated Friday, 28th September 2018, 4:37 pm
New data released shows the slow timing of Wigan journeys

That’s 13 seconds longer than the national average.

It might not sound a lot, but for people driving longer distances around the borough, it means they only progress 21 miles in an hour and need to leave several minutes more for a journey than folk around many other parts of the country do.

Wigan notoriously has a congested infrastructure due to traditionally narrow main routes and built-up areas which the council is currently trying to alleviate with construction of various parts of the M61 to M6 link road. One-off projects - such as the current cycle lane revamp of the Saddle junction at Newtown and gas pipe replacement on the East Lancs Road at Lowton - also lead to snarl-ups.

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Figures were released by the Department for Transport to show how many seconds drivers will spend motionless for every mile they travel on an A road. The latest statistics, covering 2017, show there has been a rise of three per cent on the previous year.

Speeds on A roads, where England’s average is 25mph despite speed limits ranging from 30mph to 70mph on small urban roads to dual


In 2017 motorists in Wigan drove along at 21mph on average: slower than the previous year by one per cent.

The DfT recently announced it was investing up to £10m in Street Manager, a programme which passes on up-to-date information about roadworks to sat-navs and navigation apps.